Newhouse alumni honored with national prizes in Mark of Excellence Awards competition

By Wendy S. Loughlin

May 20, 2020

Newhouse School alumni have won top national prizes in the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. Their winning work was created while they were students.

Dark Day

Jordan Muller ’19 won the Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students category for his Daily Orange article “By Chance.” The feature tells the stories of four Syracuse University alumni who, as students studying abroad in 1988, might have been killed in the bombing of Pan Am 103 had they not switched tickets or otherwise chosen a different flight.

Syracuse Side Hustles won the Podcast category. Created as a capstone project by students in the Spring 2019 Multimedia Projects course taught by Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, the podcast features stories of local individuals who are pursuing second jobs.

Syracuse Side Hustles

Syracuse Side Hustles team members, all 2019 alumni, are: Lizzie Goldsmith, Rachel Day, Ellie Coggins, Sara Lafkir, Audrey Lee, Randy Plavajka, Marissa Russo, Molly Bolan, Kristine Klein, Emani Glee, Weng Cheong, Tayler Bradford, Katie Intner, Patrick Linehan, Kathryn Pirzadeh, Jan Rivera-Pagan, Jake Smith, Lauren Steckly, Nadia Suleman, Kelsey Thompson, Dusean Williams and Ari Wodarcyk.

Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the best collegiate journalism within a calendar year. Winners will be recognized at the annual Excellence in Journalism conference, currently scheduled for Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.